Friday, June 20, 2014

Decreasing Waste, why it's important to leave a better world for our children.

Decreasing Waste is important.

Often I think about how the human population has doubled since 1970.  So  more and more of earth's resources are being used up by the human species.  It's no wonder that recent articles are forewarned that the next mass extinction has started.

World Population Clock

Next Mass Extinction

Obviously, since humans are at the top of the food chain, we will easily take the land and resources from animals who can not compete with us.  Plus, we add more waste (nondegradable plastics, chemicals) into the environment which destroy the habitats that these animals thrive.

Unfortunately it's just a byproduct of our consumerist society trying to accumulate as much  meaningless "stuff" as possible to achieve an unattainable status.    Most of the world's economic system rewards increasing GDP, which gives no incentive to maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

Since, there is not much  I an do at a macro level.  I personally am trying to decrease the amount of waste I contribute to the environment.    I want to leave a better world for my children.

So here's one of simple idea I've tried recently.

Increasing the Lifespan of Disposable Shaving Razor blades

A few months ago, I bought a razor sharpener off Amazon.

Razor Sharpener

It was pretty good except I began to realize that instead of sharpening my blades, it really just removes the hair stuck between the blades.  The reason why we throw out the disposable blades is mainly because they get clogged up with hair.

So I started using the razor sharpener, and afterwards, I would just take a needle or other thing thing wire and pretty much unclog all the hair between the blades.   I would take out the disposable blade off my handle and clean off all the hair.

It really works.  I've used the same razors for the last 3 months.   Now, I'm able to reuse these blades more often without throwing them out.  So not only do I decrease my waste, I also save money.   Obviously, eventually the blades get too dull and finally I'll have to trash them.  However, I do increase their lifespan significantly.

If anyone has any ideas they would like to contribute on Decreasing Waste, please comment below.

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